Hussey brothers axed from Australia T20 team

The Australian T20 side have been without either of the Hussey brothers only on two occasions previously © Getty Images

Sydney: Jan 21, 2013

Australia have dropped the axe on retiring veteran Michael Hussey and surprisingly on his younger brother David Hussey when they picked the side for the two Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka, starting on Saturday.

While Michael was expected to be kept out of the side, many had expected David to keep his spot in the team. But the 35-year-old failed to do so after struggling throughout in last year’s Twenty20 World Cup and his woeful form continued in this year’s Big Bash League. He scored 151 runs at a poor average of 21.57 and failed to score even a single half-century, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

Australia have given a lot of weightage to performance in the domestic Twenty20 tournament and named six players in Aaron Finch, Adam Voges, Ben Cuttin, James Faulkner and Ben Laughlin for the upcoming Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka. These six did not feature in last year’s Twenty20 World Cup but did well in the Big Bash League.

Australia have also recalled Shaun Marsh based on his performances in the domestic Twenty20 tournament.

Saturday’s game will be the first in five years when neither of the Hussey brothers will feature in the playing XI. The last time this happened was against India in Mumbai in October 2007.

Australia T20 squad:

George Bailey (c), Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Ben Laughlin, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner.